Bolívar Square
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Early Bird in Bogota
I arrived in overcast Bogota very early. My hostel was located in the La Candelaria neighborhood of downtown Bogota. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial and Baroque styles. It houses several universities, libraries and museums. I was able to drop off some of my gear at the Hostel and had a few hours to explore before I could check in. The streets were uncommonly empty due to winter holiday and the early hour. I headed towards Bolivar Square taking in the bright colors of the homes. Bolivar Square is the heart of the historical area in Bogota. The square is surrounded by the Palace of Justice, the National Capitol, the Lievano Building, and the the Primary Cathedral of Bogota. Upon my arrival, I realize I have been rewarded for getting an early start. The square normally jam packed with people is empty. I notice a man sitting on a ledge by himself. This is the shot I want! I need to catch the moment quick before my cover is blown. I shot this with my iphone and wasn't expecting much. The photo really captures the early morning ambience I felt my first morning in Bogota. I spent the next month in Colombia and was able to take many more photos, capturing the diversity of the people and landscape. At the end of the day, my first photo that early morning in Bogota was clearly my favorite.
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